My Secret Plans Unveiled – Visit Every Country in Mainland Europe before Christmas

I’ve been thinking about whether or not to state my travel plans entirely this year or not, in case I let myself down and don’t complete them. However, in a bid to keep me focused I thought I’d let you guys know my plans, and then I can’t go back on them! So there you have, I plan to visit every country in mainland Europe before Christmas 2012.

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That’s around a mind-blowing 40 countries, although some of them are smaller than a suburb of Bangkok or New York. Here’s the list of countries I’ll (hope to) be seeing throughout the year:



  5. Belarus
  6. Ukraine
  7. Romania
  8. Moldova
  9. Transniistria

10. Bulgaria

11. Macedonia

12. Kosovo

13. Greece

14. Albania

15. Montenegro

16. Serbia

17. Bosnia & Herzegovina

18. Croatia

19. Slovenia

20. Austria

21. Hungary

22. Slovakia

23. Poland

24. Czech Republic

25. Germany

26. Denmark

27. Sweden


28. Holland#

29. Belgium#

30. Luxembourg

31. Liechtenstein

32. Switzerland

33. Italy

34. Vatican City

35. San Marino

36. France#

37. Monaco

38. Andorra

39. Spain

40. Portugal



* Norway is so expensive I’m not sure if I’ll go there, it’s not in mainland Europe per se, but I’d love to visit it regardless! We’ll see.

# I’ve already visited these 3 countries before, although they were before my ‘real’ traveling lifestyle so I don’t count them until I’ve backpacked through them. I do have great memories from family holidays in France though.

– The countries in CAPITALS are the countries I’ve already visited since my China to Europe trip began.


This seems like a lot of traveling in a short space of time I know, but I’m gonna give it a good bash. Countries like Liechtenstein, Vatican City, San Marino, Luxembourg, Andorra etc are so small they’re most likely going to be day trips, 2 days at most.


When I look at that list and dream about seeing the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Alps, Amsterdam and the Nou Camp! I know it’s going to be expensive, and tiring, and at times lonely, but I’m already dreaming about the people I’m going to meet and the experiences I’m going to have. 2012 should be one hell of a year.


If any of you guys either live in any of these countries, or will be traveling in them, drop me a line below or send me a private message to and we can try to meet. Happy travels!

23 thoughts on “My Secret Plans Unveiled – Visit Every Country in Mainland Europe before Christmas

  1. Katharine Lynn Horgan

    I love your backpack 😛 I totally pinched the idea in Kenya this summer and got a Kenyan flag to sew on my backpack. Decided I’ll start it from turning 18 so, so far only Kenya. But going to Amsterdam in January and then maybe back to Kenya for a bit and off to USA in the summer! So hopefully shall have 3 things by the end of this academic year. And I’ve applied to go study in Singapore for a year – so if I spend a whole year there that definitely deserves a flag!

  2. Helga

    Not a country per se ? Excuse me but Norway is mainland! We got lots of additional islands but its still mainland :p anyway, u should come here, u will probably regret it if u dont. Yes it is expensive but if u use couchsurfing and preorder early the traintickets around here u should manage it quite well. Cycling is cheap..not to mention hiking in the midnight sun ! Feel free to send me emails if u got any questions :)

    1. Johnny Post author

      hey helga, i meant the main land body of europe, sorry 😛 thanks for the help, i may well be pestering u in a couple of months!

  3. Victoria

    Mate! so joining in on this when I get back from the states!! been to quite a few, but there are still sooo many i need to get under my belt. i know what you mean about having to do some of them again too…i went to south of france but that was as a kid so i don’t feel like it counts!!

    1. Johnny Post author

      cool vic, let me know when you’re in town :) got friends coming until end of july them im solo again so company would be welcome :)

  4. Dave from ACoupleTravelers

    Awesome! Really interested to follow along on this, as we will be hitting many of these countries (not positive which ones yet as we are still working on our route) but not until next year. Always nice to get a fresh perspective.

  5. Corey

    Visit Kotor, Budva, and Herceg Novi when you are in Montenegro. Visit Dubrovnik and the whole coast in general when you are in Croatia.

    1. Johnny Post author

      hey Corey, thanks for the tips mate! they’re all duly noted, cant wait to get to that part of the world, i hear it’s beautiful. Have u spent much time there?

  6. Valentina

    wOw, really ambitious,
    wish you to fulfill this plan!
    Don’t know what cities you plan to visit in Croatia (just capital or some on the coast also), but if you need some advice, guide or even place to stay (depends on the time you’ll be here), feel free to contact me!
    I live in Zagreb most of the time, but during summer time I’m in Split and around it 😉

  7. R.a.W | Ramble and Wander

    Hi there, Johnny! A great challenge indeed! I do believe it’s doable over the next 7 months though. I know Norway is expensive but it would be a shame if you skip it especially since the train ride between Oslo and Bergen is, IMO, one of the best in Europe in terms of sceneries. The boat trip from Bergen to see the fjords provides a breathtaking experience as well.

    Anyways, looking forward to reading how you get on with this plan!
    All the best!

    1. Johnny Post author

      nooo, i keep hearing so many good things about Norway, looks like i’m gonna have make that budget stretch! thanks for ur help mate, did u live there?

    1. Johnny Post author

      hey ciara,

      are you irish? hope so! =) a fellow country folk is always nice to have around. Anyways, thanks for the kind words :) i’m sure you’ll get to do something at least as equally awesome soon too!


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